The Lord Advocate has the sole authority in Scotland to investigate any death which requires further explanation.
When a person dies in Scotland, they cannot be buried or cremated until a medical certificate giving the cause of death has been issued. This certificate must be completed by a doctor, and must show the time, place and cause of death. Most deaths which are reported to the Procurator Fiscal are reported because a doctor is unable to confirm the cause of the death and is therefore unable to issue a death certificate.
This new strategy, developed by the Scottish Government, COSLA and a range of partners sets out plans to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls, aiming to create a society where all can feel equally safe and respected.
The five-year redevelopment project of
Attending the ceremony was the
The final of the 2014 East of Scotland Schools Public Speaking Competition took place on 18 June at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street, following local heats across the region.
The competition hopes to encourage young people from across Scotland to hone their speaking skills, while at the same time encouraging them to consider real issues that could affect them or those around them.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, the senior Law Officer in Scotland warned that those caught “Will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law” and not only risk losing their licence, liberty and car but their life and the life of others.
Should you suspect someone of drink driving, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it to your local police office by dialing 101. In an emergency, you can also dial 999.
A knife crime awareness film created by students from
‘Crime of Love’ created as an educational tool in partnership with Inverclyde Academy, COPFS and BBC Scotland is available to view on the BBC Scotland LAB website: www.bbc.co.uk/labscotland
Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC says Scotland needs to look towards developing a modern approach that takes account of the devastating emotional damage to victims caused by domestic abuse as well as the physical damage that is so often caused - and we need a law that recognises that and punishes those responsible.
The Crown Office can reveal that £8 million was seized from criminals in Scotland last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The Crown Office welcomes today's Scottish Government announcement to strengthen the criminal law against human trafficking and increase support for victims. Tragically human trafficking is big business, it has strong links to serious and organised crime and it is of great concern that it takes place in Scotland. The Lord Advocate has already appointed a specialist prosecutor to deal with cases involving those who commit these abhorrent crimes to ensure the challenges of prosecuting these crimes are addressed from the outset. The measures announced today will greatly assist prosecutors in ensuring that those who peddle such misery face the consequences of their actions.